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Torbett Sanatorium The Torbett Sanatorium Physician's Referral Card. .Marlin, TX .[1920]
Torbett Sanatorium The Torbett Sanatorium Physician's Referral Card. .Marlin, TX .[1920]


 
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Price: $75.00

Product Code: 29100230

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A physician's referral card for the Torbett Sanatorium, located in Marlin, TX. Founded in 1908 by John Walter Torbett, Sr (1871-1949) and specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases. The institute had 100 baths, and was capable of running 400 baths daily. It also had various laboratories, x-ray capabilities, and employed physiotherapy methods. The institute is still in existence today, but it is now know as the Falls Community Hospital and Clinic. The referral card is double sided,  with a picture of the sanatorium on the front with a list of resident physicians. Uniquely for the times, there is a female physician on staff, a Dr. Mary L. Webber nee Wilson (1869-1948), who was head of "General Chronic Diseases and Gynecology". The back side of the card emphasizes that "a full staff of experience physicians always present". Below are a few blank lines for the name of the incoming patient and the doctor who send them. Below that is a humorous line warning individuals of scams. "BEWARE of 'Boosters' and Commission Men who will mislead you on trains and at hotels when you arrive. They don't work for free; the victim pays the bill." Measures 4" x 2 1/2".